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 Equal Pay Week of Action: It’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters

Media advisory : from Council of Trade Unions

 Equal Pay Week of Action: It’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters

 Kiwis care about fairness. Ensuring that women are paid fairly and equally will be a key election issue. A week of action, Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 August, focused on the issues of equal pay will see events happening all around the country.

2017 has been a big year for equal pay with the huge success of the care and support settlement which saw union member Kristine Bartlett’s win equal pay on behalf of over 55,000 working women.

Most of the events planned will be celebratory; colourful, with music and dance. However they will also be future orientated. “The road to achieving equal pay for all continues to have potholes in it,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said. “The National Government seems determined to pursue a new law which will make achieving equal pay much more difficult. We will ensure that working woman and all those that support fairness and equality have their voices heard.”

For more information about what’s happening locally please refer to the table below – including local media contacts

 

Where When What Media contact
Whangarei
Toyota site
Carruth Street
(Opposite Pak’n’Save)
Saturday 12 August

10am for 10.30am start

Flash mob dancing to ‘She Works Hard for the Money’
Wear red!
Liz Boutet 021 416 541
Auckland 
Gather at Takutai Sq behind Britomart – march up Queen St to rally at the Suffrage Memorial Te ha o Hine Place off Lorne St
Saturday 12 August
11am – 12.30pm
March and rally MC – Michelle A’Court Speakers -Jacinda Ardern (Labour), Jo Goodhew (National), Jan Logie (Greens), Tracey Martin (NZ First) and Cinnamon Whitlock (Maori Party) Carol Beaumont 027 275 7374
Hamilton 
Methodist Centre, 62 London St, Hamilton
Wednesday 16 August
4:30pm -6pm
Drinks & nibbles with Jackie Blue [EEO Blue. Commissioner]; Prof Margaret Wilson [UoW]; and Carol Webb [school support worker] Huia Welton

021 524 502

Palmerston North 
Meeting at the Te Awe Awe quadrant of The Square and marching to George Street
Saturday 12 August
11am-12pm
March with flash mob dancing to She Works Hard for the Money at start and finish. Dance led by Public Service Association Youth (PSAY) Lisa Wilde 027 475 1884
Wellington
Cuba St stage – near bucket fountain
Saturday 12 August
1pm
Rally & dancing Confirmed speakers –Kristine Bartlett, Vanisa Dhiru (Vice President National Council of Women), Suzanne Snively (Former Wellingtonian of the Year) & Richard Wagstaff (CTU President)

Wear purple!

Angela McLeod 027 497 2761
Nelson
Pomeroy’s Cafés –

Pomeroys Coffee and Tea Co

Crema coffee cart (Church Steps)

Pomeroys City Store (Montgomery Square)

The Coffee Factory (16 Elms Street, Stoke)

Monday 14 –

Friday 18 August

Men pay $0.50 more per coffee.

Action supported by the Breeze Nelson

Pip Jamieson 027 247 2450
Christchurch
Cathedral Square
Sat 19 Aug 10.30am for 11am start Speakers Ruth Dyson, (Labour); Jan Logie, (Greens); Liz Gordon, (Pillars Children’s Charity) and Nancy McShane followed by The Equal Pay Dance. Wear red and black for Canterbury Nancy McShane 021 0816 2938
Dunedin
At the Exchange, corner of Princes and Rattray Street.
Saturday 19 August
11am-12:30pm
Tea party

Dress theme: a woman who inspires you.

Lucy Gray

021 207 3651

 

ENDS

 

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